We all know the feeling – hunger strikes somewhere between lunch and dinner, and has you reaching for that 4pm chocolate fix. Some say you shouldn’t snack, but on the contrary, snacking on healthy, low GL foods has been found to maintain your blood sugar levels and may help you to make better food choices at your next meal.
Chocolate and crisps do not constitute balanced, healthy snacks…instead think fruit with a handful of nuts and vegetable crudités or oatcakes with houmous for a better way to beat your hunger. Sometimes it can be difficult to grab a healthy snack on the go so here’s my guide to some of the best snack choices that you can pick up easily.
Fruit and Nuts:
Fruit makes a great snack and is obviously widely available and easy to carry around. Try to go for low GL fruits like apples and berries that won’t cause your blood sugars to spike rapidly, and eat them with a handful of nuts like five or six almonds to add some protein, healthy fats and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Oatcakes with Peanut Butter:
Another low GL carb and protein balanced snack comes in the form of two oatcakes with peanut butter. My favourite are Nairn’s rough organic oatcakes. Try to go for a peanut butter with no added sugar like Whole Earth organic peanut butters – crunchy or smooth, it’s up to you!
Veggie Crudites and houmous:
Admittedly, it can be a little harder to carry dips around with you, but most supermarkets now sell snack pots of flavoured houmous which along with your choice of carrots, cucumber, peppers and celery make a great snack. Alternatively if you visit somewhere like Marks & Spencer or Boots you can sometimes find handy carrot and houmous pots for around £1.
If you don’t have any snacks to hand and are looking for a healthier alternative to a chocolate bar, then these are just the thing. Nakd bars are a raw pressed blend of fruits and nuts that offer one of your five-a-day, no artificial ingredients and are 100% vegan. They come in a number of flavours but my favourite is Cocoa Mint – a sweet treat with none of the guilt! I’ve devised my own recipe for a similar homemade treat which I’ll try and share with you soon.
Nairn’s Oat Bakes:
I mentioned my love of oatcakes, and these oat bakes, also from Nairn’s are a handy alternative to crisps for a savoury treat. They come in a few flavours including Sweet Chilli and Caramelised Onion and come in at around 100 calories a bag. They’re available in most supermarkets and health stores.